By: Isuru Parakrama
Colombo (LNW): A group of 39 Chinese nationals have been arrested in Aluthgama area on the allegation of engaging in an online financial scam, Police said.
Reports emerge that the group, also recognised as an entity comprised of wanted criminals subject to red notices by the INTERPOL, had defrauded money from people around the world, and was arrested on Saturday (01) by a joint operation by the Police and Chinese officials.
Among the arrestees are 33 men, five women and also a minor, according to Police.
The suspects had been living in Aluthgama over the last six months, and some had even been made to stay against their will and forced to commit the crime, Police added.
Computer devices, smart devices and money have been recovered from the suspects’ possession, and three suspects were arrested without their passports, which, according to the Police, had been taken by the mastermind involved in the scam.